Fix your hope fully on the grace that is to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13)
In the beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12), all the rewards promised are exclusively related to the next life, not this one. The parallel passage in Luke 6:20-26 makes this even more clear.
One of the interesting expressions Jesus uses (in verses 3, 10 & 12) is the plural word “heavens” when speaking about the rewards that the poor in spirit and the persecuted will receive.
The Scripture is clear that there is more than just one heaven. Paul talks about having gone into the third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:2 and we know there is a new heaven coming (Revelation 21:1). There are also several places in the Old Testament where the phrase “Heaven of Heavens” is used (Genesis 28:12, Deuteronomy 10:14 and 1 Kings 8:27). For more details on the heavens in Scripture look up an earlier blog I wrote on the subject.
What excites me about this is the endless possibilities it raises.
Keep going, the rewards are great for those who are faithful to the end.